According to a recent press release, Fresnadillo and Relativity Media have signed Watchmen writer, Alex Tse to pen the screenplay for the upcoming film.
Tse has very few production credits to his name, two to be exact - polishing David Hayter's original Watchmen draft for Zack Snyder as well as the Spike Lee film, Sucker Free City. In addition, Tse worked on a number of uncredited rewrites including films such as Step Up, Step Up 2: The Streets, and Jaume Collet-Serra's House of Wax.
According to the press release:
Fresnadillo and Tse are perfectly suited to bring these beloved characters back to life, and to create a world worthy of this modern classic. The Crow adaptation will be a gritty reboot of the gothic iconic character Eric Draven, who returns from the grave as The Crow on a mission to avenge his wife’s murder, so that his soul can finally rest.
Whether or not you're a fan of Watchmen, you've got to commend Tse for being the writer that succeeded in penning a screenplay for one of the most notoriously difficult adaptations in comic book film history. Tse accomplished the task by sticking closely to the contents of Alan Moore's graphic novel - minus the giant squid. If Tse takes a similar approach with The Crow - while successfully grounding the story in a "world worthy of this modern classic" - the reboot could, at least, be an interesting (albeit still unnecessary) update to the original film.
While "perfectly suited" might be a bit of a PR stretch, Tse and Fresnadillo are definitely a compelling combination. However, it's still hard to imagine Bradley Cooper stepping into the exact character played by the late Brandon Lee - not to mention fitting into the gritty and dark world of The Crow, especially a version penned by Tse and directed by Fresnadillo. That's not to say the actor isn't capable - as Screen Rant readers pointed out in our Bradley Cooper casting report, Heath Ledger, once danced across high school school bleachers singing "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" and then surprised us all with his chilling portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight. In addition, while The Crow will certainly test Cooper's leading man muscle in a gritty comic book world, the actor is no stranger to twisted films - with key roles in The Midnight Meat Train and Valentine's Day (which was unintentionally terrifying).
Check out the key press release information below:
Alex Tse to Pen The Crow Reinvention
(Beverly Hills, CA) June 22, 2011 – Relativity Media’s President of Worldwide Production, Tucker Tooley, and Edward R. Pressman, producer behind the cult-classic The Crow franchise, announced today they have attached Alex Tse (Watchmen) to write their reinvention of The Crow, the 1994 critically acclaimed, sensation based on the comic book series and comic strip by James O’Barr.
Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), The Crow adaptation will be a gritty reboot of the gothic iconic character Eric Draven, who returns from the grave as The Crow on a mission to avenge his wife’s murder, so that his soul can finally rest. Bradley Cooper (Limitless) is attached to star as Draven. The original film is known for its breakthrough visual style as well as its unique production design and cinematography. Fresnadillo and Tse are perfectly suited to bring these beloved characters back to life, and to create a world worthy of this modern classic.
Relativity and Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation will be teaming with Spain-based Apaches Entertainment on the production. The Crow is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Jeff Most, Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, and Apaches’ Enrique López Lavigne and Belén Atienza. Relativity’s Tooley (The Fighter) and Apaches’ Jesus de la Vega will serve as executive producers. José Ibáñez and Pressman Film Corporation’s Jon Katz will serve as co-producers.
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The Crow does not have a set release date at this point.